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7 Ways to Use DMPL Online 24/7

All locations of the Des Moines Public Library are closed until further notice, but know that we are still a source for entertainment and education. And you don't even have to step foot in our buildings to take advantage! Here are 7 ways to use your library card online right now.   ...

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Battle of the Books Reading Lists

Title Author Genre
Alien Superstar Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver Science Fiction
All the Greys On Greene Street Laura Tucker Historical Fiction
Beverly, Right Here Kate DiCamillo Fiction
Black Brother, Black Brother Jewell Parker Rhodes Science Fiction
Cape Kate Hannigan Fantasy
Checked Cynthia Kadohata Sports
Child Of The Dream: A Memoir Of 1963 Sharon Robinson Biography
The Doughnut King Jessie Janowitz Fiction
Echo Mountain Lauren Wolk Historical Fiction
Fast Break Derek Jeter Sports
Finding Orion John David Anderson Adventure
Guest: A Changeling Tale Mary Downing Hahn Fantasy
Inkling Ken Oppel Fantasy
Leaving Lymon Lesa Cline-Ransome Historical Fiction
Lalani Of The Distant Sea Erin Entrada Kelly Fantasy
The Last Katherine Applegate          Fantasy
Level 13: A Slacker Novel Gordon Korman Humor
The Lost Boy's Gift Kimberly Willis Holt Fantasy
Max Einstein: Rebels With A Cause James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein Mystery
Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breakout Game Chris Grabenstein Mystery
Notorious Gordon Korman Mystery
The One And Only Bob Katherine Applegate Animal
The Paris Project Donna Gephart Fiction
The Perfect Star            Rob Buyea Fiction
Prairie Lotus Linda Sue Park Historical Fiction
Remarkables Margaret Peterson Haddix Fantasy
The Rhino In Right Field Stacy Dekeyser Sports
The Season Of Styx Malone Kekla Magoon Adventure
Shine! JJ & Chris Grabenstein Fiction
Shouting At The Rain Lynda Mullaly Hunt Adventure
The Size Of The Truth Andrew Smith Fantasy
Solving For M Jennifer Swender Fiction
Some Places More Than Others Renee Watson Fiction
Spy School British Invasion Stuart Gibbs Adventure
Stay Bobbie Pyron Animal
The Vanderbeekers To The Rescue Karina Yan Glaser Fiction
Tyrannosaurus Wrecks Stuart Gibbs Mystery
We Dream Of Space Erin Entrada Kelly Historical Fiction
Wildfire Rodman Philbrick Adventure
Words On Fire Jennifer A. Nielsen Historical Fiction

Title Author Genre

Title

Author

Genre

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Suzanne Collins

dystopian

The Benefits of Being an Octopus

Ann Braden

fiction

The Big Game

Tim Green

sports

The Book of Boy

Catherine Gilbert Murdock

fantasy

The Bridge Home

Padma Venkatraman

fiction

Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation

Stuart Gibbs

fiction

Chirp

Kate Messner

fiction

Clean Getaway

Nic Stone

historical

Confusion is Nothing New

Paul Acampora

fiction

Dear Sweet Pea

Julie Murphy

fiction

The Downstairs Girl

Stacey Lee

historical

Dragon Pearl

Yoon Ha Lee

Sci Fi

Dress Coded

Carrie Firestone

fiction

The First Rule of Punk

Celia C Perez

fiction

For Black Girls Like Me

Miriama Lockington

fiction

The Forgotten Girl

India Hill Brown

mystery

Free Lunch

Ray Ogle

biography

From the Desk of Zoe Washington

Janae Marks

fiction

Grenade

Alan Gratz

historical

In the Shadow of Blackbirds

Cat Winters

historical

The Line Tender

Kate Allen

fiction

Long Way Down

Jason Reynolds

fiction

Look Both Ways

Jason Reynolds

fiction

The Lost Girl

Anne Ursu

fantasy

Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish

Pablo Cartaya

fiction

The Next Great Paulie Fink

Ali Benjamin

fiction

The Only Black Girls in Town

Brandy Colbert

fiction

Other Words for Home

Jasmine Warga

historical

Our Castle by the Sea

Lucy Strange

historical

Something to Say

Lisa Moore Ramee

fiction

Stamped

Jason Reynolds & Ibram X Kendi

non-fiction

The Super Life of Ben Braver

Marcus Emerson

humor

Theodore Boone: The Accomplice

John Grisham

fiction

They Went Left

Monica Hesse

historical

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All

Laura Ruby

historical

The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins

Gail Shepherd

historical

The Usual Suspects

Maurice Broaddus

fiction

What Lane?

Torrey Maldonado

fiction

The Year We Fell from Space

Amy Sarig King

fiction

You Owe Me a Murder

Eileen Cook

mystery